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New High Tech Clinic for Macquarie

Macquarie University Hospital claims its new eye clinic will be a “hub of ongoing learning” and will set a new benchmark in ophthalmic services.

The digitally integrated clinic, which opened in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde in June, offers an impressive breadth of eye tests and access to the latest operating theatres.

Manager of Ophthalmology Mr. Brock Flowers said the clinic has drawn in prominent ophthalmologists from the Sydney area. The new premises are located in the Macquarie University Clinic, alongside the Macquarie University Hospital and the Australian School of Advanced Medicine (ASAM).

The department is led by Professor Stuart Graham, who has also been appointed Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at ASAM. The surgical department is led by Associate Professor Ivan Ho, one of Australia’s most prominent vitreoretinal surgeons.

We also have a Heidelberg retinal tomographer for detailed imaging of the nerve fibre layer of the eye, as well as the Rostock Corneal attachment to allow specular microscopy and detailed imaging of the cornea along with the Occulas Pentacam

“What’s unique about the clinic is that it has such an extensive range of equipment,” Mr Flowers said. “We have, for example, high-definition O.C.T. scanning for detailed viewing of both anterior and posterior chambers of the eye.

“We also have a Heidelberg retinal tomographer for detailed imaging of the nerve fibre layer of the eye, as well as the Rostock Corneal attachment to allow specular microscopy and detailed imaging of the cornea along with the Occulas Pentacam.”

There is also a full electrophysiology suite and ultrasound facilities. A surgical procedure room is available for minor surgical procedures and the hospital has two designated ophthalmic theatres.

Operating theatres are digitally linked to ASAM for teaching and research purposes. Links to ASAM also mean the clinic can offer advanced sub-specialty training for doctors, particularly in surgery, and is currently accepting enrolments for Masters and PhD programs.

There are plans for a fifth-year ophthalmic registrar in 2011 and to be part of the training rotation from 2012 in conjunction with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology training program.